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Understanding the Steiner Waldorf Approach

Understanding the Steiner Waldorf Approach Author Janni Nicol
ISBN-10 9781315456553
Release 2017-08-29
Pages 196
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This fully revised edition of Understanding the Steiner Waldorf Approach is a much needed source of information for those wishing to extend and consolidate their understanding of the Steiner Waldorf early childhood approach. It enables the reader to analyse the essential elements of the Steiner Waldorf Approach to early childhood and its relationship to quality early years practice. Covering all areas of the curriculum including observation and assessment, child development, play, repetition and the environment, this new edition has been updated to reflect recent curriculum changes and explore the influence of media and technology. Including a new chapter on expanding the Steiner Waldorf approach to work with children from birth to three, the book: describes the key principles of the Steiner Waldorf approach to early childhood with examples from Steiner settings; provides an accessible and objective overview of a key pedagogical influence on high quality early years practice in the United Kingdom; highlights the key ideas that practitioners should consider when reviewing their own practice; contains summaries of key points and reflective practice questions to help students and practitioners engage with the ideas in the book. can be used as the basis for continuing professional development and action research. Written to support the work of all those in the field of early years education and childcare, this text is essential reading for students, practitioners, leaders, managers and all those wanting to improve their early years practice.



Bringing the Steiner Waldorf Approach to your Early Years Practice

Bringing the Steiner Waldorf Approach to your Early Years Practice Author Janni Nicol
ISBN-10 9781317556169
Release 2015-12-22
Pages 140
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Have you ever wondered what the Steiner approach is all about, where it comes from and how it can be used to benefit the young children in your setting? Bringing the Steiner Waldorf Approach to your Early Years Setting is an excellent introduction to this philosophy. Janni Nicol clearly explains the history of Steiner Waldorf education, the role of play in learning and the key themes of rhythm, repetition and reverence with ideas for activities and resources. Practical examples throughout the book involving children of different ages in a wide variety of settings allow readers to see the connection between theory and practice. This new edition has been fully updated to include: Clear comparisons between Steiner practice and the revised Early Years Foundations Stage (EYFS) requirements A section on the growth of international Steiner settings Information on celebrating festivals and outdoor environments This convenient guide will help Early Years practitioners, students and parents to really understand what the Steiner Waldorf approach can bring to their practice and children.



Understanding the Montessori Approach

Understanding the Montessori Approach Author Barbara Isaacs
ISBN-10 9781136446801
Release 2013-03-01
Pages 136
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"Understanding the Montessori Approach is a much needed source of information for those wishing to extend and consolidate their understanding of the Montessori Approach and how it is used in the teaching and learning of young children. It will enable the reader to analyse the essential elements of this Approach to early childhood and and its relationship to quality early years practice.Exploring all areas of the curriculum including the organisation of Montessori schools, the environment, learning and teaching and the outcomes for children this book:focuses on the key principles of the Montessori approach; explores ideas for working with parents and communities around the world;includes a chapter on the benefits and challenges of the Montessori Approach to childrens lives;highlights the key ideas that practitioners should consider when reviewing and reflecting on their own practice;can be used as the basis for continuing professional development and action researchWritten to support the work of all those in the field of early years education and childcare, this is a vital text for students, early years and childcare practitioners, teachers, early years professionals, childrens centre professionals, lecturers, advisory teachers, head teachers and setting managers"--



Understanding the Te Whariki Approach

Understanding the Te Whariki Approach Author Wendy Lee
ISBN-10 9781135119720
Release 2013-01-17
Pages 184
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Understanding the Te Whāriki Approach is a much–needed source of information for those wishing to extend and consolidate their understanding of the Te Whāriki approach, introducing the reader to an innovative bicultural curriculum developed for early childhood services in New Zealand. It will enable the reader to analyse the essential elements of this approach to early childhood and its relationship to quality early years practice. Providing students and practitioners with the relevant information about a key pedagogical influence on high quality early years practice in the United Kingdom, the book explores all areas of the curriculum, emphasising: strong curriculum connections to families and the wider community; a view of teaching and learning that focuses on responsive and reciprocal relationships with people, places and things; a view of curriculum content as cross-disciplinary and multi-modal; the aspirations for children to grow up as competent and confident learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body, and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society; a bicultural framework in which indigenous voices have a central place. Written to support the work of all those in the field of early years education and childcare, this is a vital text for students, early years and childcare practitioners, teachers, early years professionals, children’s centre professionals, lecturers, advisory teachers, head teachers and setting managers.



Theories and Approaches to Learning in the Early Years

Theories and Approaches to Learning in the Early Years Author Linda Miller
ISBN-10 9781446210239
Release 2010-12-10
Pages 192
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By focusing on key figures in early years education and care, this book considers the influential thinkers and ground-breaking approaches that have revolutionized practice. With contributions from leading authorities in the field, chapters provide an explanation of the approach, an analysis of the theoretical background, case studies, questions and discussion points to facilitate critical thinking. Included are chapters on: - Froebel - Psychoanalytical theories - Maria Montessori - Steiner Waldorf education - High/Scope - Post-modern and post-structuralist perspectives - Forest Schools - Vivian Gussin Paley - Te Whatilderiki Written in an accessible style and relevant to all levels of early years courses, the book has staggered levels of Further Reading that encourage reflection and promotes progression. Linda Miller is Professor Emeritus of Early Years, The Open University Linda Pound is a consultant and author, renowned for her work in early years education and care.



Bringing the Forest School Approach to your Early Years Practice

Bringing the Forest School Approach to your Early Years Practice Author Karen Constable
ISBN-10 9781317660224
Release 2014-06-27
Pages 156
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This easy-to-read series provides an introduction to some of the most important early years philosophies and shows how they can be incorporated into your setting. Each book provides: an outline of the background to the approach clear explanations of the relevance to contemporary thinking suggestions to help you plan a successful learning environment examples of what the individual approach can look like in practice. These convenient guides are essential to early years practitioners, students and parents who wish to fully understand what each approach means to their setting and children. How has Forest School helped to change attitudes about risk and challenge in the early years? What are the benefits of using this approach for children’s development, health and overall wellbeing? Bringing the Forest School Approach to your Early Years Practice provides an accessible introduction to Forest School practice. It identifies the key issues involved in setting up, running and managing a Forest school environment and offers clear guidance on resources, staffing and space required for successful play and learning outdoors. Including links to the Early Years Foundation Stage and a wide range of case studies, the book covers: The beginnings of Forest School and how practice has developed Child centred play and learning that allows for risk taking and challenge Planning for children’s individual needs, learning styles and schemas The learning environment The role of the adult including health and safety and children’s welfare. Full of practical advice, this convenient guide will help practitioners to deliver new, exciting and inspiring opportunities for the children they care for.



Understanding Sustainability in Early Childhood Education

Understanding Sustainability in Early Childhood Education Author Diane Boyd
ISBN-10 9781317283201
Release 2017-08-23
Pages 206
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This unique book explores research related to education for sustainability within early childhood education in the United Kingdom. Divided into the four home nations, it examines what education for sustainability looks like in practice, discusses the different application and positions of each region, and considers the contribution of early childhood education to support the Sustainable Development Goals. Each chapter considers the relevant early years framework and includes associated case studies which highlight connections between statutory guidance, policy and positive early years pedagogical practice. The authors use an education for sustainability lens to explore the critical issues and explicit and implicit links embedded in each of the curricula frameworks. Each chapter acknowledges the context of outdoor learning with discussion related to different interpretations of ecological sustainability. This exploration should help readers to consider the idea of sustainability within early childhood education. The book considers early childhood education as a distinct and valuable phase beyond the readiness for school discourse and recognises the importance of having skilful and knowledgeable adults to work with young children from birth. It offers a unique resource for students, practitioners, leaders and researchers engaged in the study of education for sustainability in early childhood and the importance of the early years for the development of life-long pro-environmental attitudes.



How Children Learn Book 4

How Children Learn   Book 4 Author Shirley Allen
ISBN-10 9781907241598
Release 2017-02-21
Pages 84
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The comprehensive guide to the most influential theorists and their ideas on how children with special educational needs learn and develop.



Working with Children in the Early Years

Working with Children in the Early Years Author Jane Devereux
ISBN-10 1853469750
Release 2003
Pages 234
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By offering practitioners working in a variety of early years settings the opportunity to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills for working with young children, this book builds on the increased government interest in and support for early years provision. The book looks at four key areas: the range of practitioners and the diversity of roles; the different perspectives on early years provision across the UK; the development of children aged 0 to 8; and the importance of play and learning in a young child's care and education. This book pays particular attention to the range of provision available and to the diversity of good practice. The strongly practical approach that underpins the writing provides a clear structure for practitioners to apply to their own contexts, and these different perspectives will help individuals to develop a firm understanding of the issues surrounding how children learn and develop.



Understanding Waldorf Education

Understanding Waldorf Education Author Jack Petrash
ISBN-10 9780876591369
Release 2002-09-01
Pages 192
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Written by a teacher with more than 25 years of experience, this book offers a jargon-free view of Waldorf education and its philosophy of the importance of a three-dimensional education. Through learning experiences that involve all of the senses, children use a variety of intelligences to develop thought, feeling, and intentional, purposeful activity. Whether you're Waldorf parent or teacher, or you just want to learn more about these innovative educational concepts, this book contains important ideas on learning that you can apply today.



Adventures in Steiner Education

Adventures in Steiner Education Author Brien Masters
ISBN-10 9781855841536
Release 2005
Pages 222
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Spicing the text with many personal stories and anecdotes, the authro brings to life the theory behind this increasingly popular educational approach, from the early years through to the Lower and Upper Schools.



Early Years Pioneers in Context

Early Years Pioneers in Context Author Pam Jarvis
ISBN-10 9781317600091
Release 2016-08-12
Pages 184
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This accessible text provides an international study of critical educational leaders who established the foundation for Early Childhood Education across continents in the 19th and early 20th centuries. It places each pioneer within the time and culture in which they lived to help the reader understand how theories and knowledge about early years education and care have evolved over time. Early Years Pioneers in Context traces key themes such as play, child-initiated learning, working with parents, scaffolding children’s learning and the environment, enabling students to reflect on the differences and similarities between the pioneers and understand their contribution to practice today. Pioneers covered include: Frederick Froebel; Elizabeth Peabody; Susan Blow; Rudolf Steiner; Margaret McMillan; Maria Montessori Susan Isaacs; Loris Malaguzzi. Featuring student integration tasks to help the reader link key ideas to their own practice, this will be essential reading for early years students on undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses.



Influencing Early Childhood Education

Influencing Early Childhood Education Author Linda Pound
ISBN-10 9780335241576
Release 2011-05-01
Pages 198
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Thinking about early childhood education will offer an academic and critical approach to the wealth of theories that underpin elements of current practice in early childhood care and education. It will focus on analyzing the rise and interconnectedness of theories of learning and development



Developing Early Years Practice

Developing Early Years Practice Author Linda Miller
ISBN-10 9781136790584
Release 2013-01-11
Pages 269
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This book provides readers working in a diverse range of early years settings with the underpinning knowledge required to increase their effectiveness in working with young children. It will explore a wide range of issues including: the roles and responsibilities of practitioners; developing reflective practice; how children learn and develop; early years curriculum; working with parents and professionals and developing inclusive environments. * Appropriate for all SureStart Unit Recognized Awards * Helps students meet the learning outcomes of the Statement of Requirement * Covers the birth to eight age range * Includes Practical work-related activities and issues for reflection Combining an understanding of the relationship between practical workplace issues and relevant academic knowledge, this is a core textbook for all Foundation Degree students working in early years education and care. It is also highly relevant for students following an Early Childhood Studies degree or B.Ed/PGCE Early Years course.



Practical Advice to Teachers

Practical Advice to Teachers Author Rudolf Steiner
ISBN-10 0880104678
Release 2000
Pages 205
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During an intensive two weeks, Steiner gave three simultaneous educational courses to those who would become the first teachers of the original Waldorf school, including this course, The Foundations of Human Experience, and Discussions with Teachers. This volume integrates theory with the nuts and bolts of teaching, offering practical advice for the classroom. Steiner spoke of new ways to teach reading, writing, geography, geometry, languages, and much more. His approach is tailored to the spiritual and physical needs of the children, not to an arbitrary curriculum based solely on external results.



Engaged Community

Engaged Community Author John McAlice
ISBN-10 9781584201540
Release 2013-12-01
Pages 146
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Based on many years working in Anthroposophy and in Waldorf schools, and drawing extensively on Rudolf Steiner’s words, Jon McAlice’s radical, thought-provoking book opens the  field for a new vision of the collaborative possibilities available in schools that are established and sustained by parents and teachers for the sake of students. Seeking to shift the conversation concerning school governance from a structural to a dynamic approach, McAlice emphasizes learning as a multileveled process of becoming. As he puts it, “a school is a working community dedicated to the art of becoming”—a community in which students and adults participate in the difficult task of creating a free, self-governing ecology of learning. For this, the adults must learn to trust one another and develop confidence in collegiality. Understanding the guidance of their common task, they must find the humility and honesty to listen without judgment and to speak with authenticity. To create a context in which “children can practice the art of self-education,” educators must themselves become examples of self-governing, creative, responsible human beings, committed to learning and self-development through encounters in which content and process merge in an experience of absolute freedom. Thus something new becomes possible. McAlice shows how such an ideal can become a reality when parents, teachers, and students all work and learn together for the common goal of becoming more fully human within a dynamic, engaged, participatory learning community. Engaged Community provides anyone involved in Waldorf education with the appropriate tools and language to take the hard work of dialog and conversation to a higher level.



Meeting the Child in Steiner Kindergartens

Meeting the Child in Steiner Kindergartens Author Rod Parker-Rees
ISBN-10 9781136733260
Release 2011-04-21
Pages 152
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Contributors to this accessible book will show how Steiner kindergarten philosophy and practice differs from approaches found in many nursery and reception classes, particularly with regards to assessment, encouraging readers to engage in critical reflection on their own practice as early years professionals.